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there was an area of east palo alto called the village and the taliban. a gang from east palo alto and menlo park. >> reporter: nine alleged gang members have been charged in connection with four slayings. police say a few of the suspects were involved in an attempted murder during a shooting on highway 101 in belmont in september, 2012. two people were wounded. east palo alto has been working to clean up its image for a number of years and people who live, shop and work there are happy about the indictments. >> when i read that in the paper, i thought, hmm, good for them. yeah, i'm really pleased they're cracking down on getting people out of here that need to be put away. >> reporter: now, 11 people were arraigned here today. five people will have to be brought back to this jurisdiction to face their charges. now, i talked to the mother of one of the accused. we'll hear what she has to say coming up at 6:00. reporting live in redwood city,
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i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> cheryl, thank you. from the peninsula we turn our attention to the east bay. a series of arson fires in fremont and now police say they might have their man. fremont police arrested 33-year-old clayton lewis last thursday near the scene of a suspicious house fire. they're now investigating whether he was involved in a series of fires two weeks ago. those predawn fires damaged a school and a little league field at fremont's warm springs park. now the latest on that missing jetliner. it is now tuesday morning in malaysia where the world is waiting for more information after the country's prime minister delivered sobering news. that prime minister announcing that the plane has been lost and no one has survived. that news devastated the families of passengers. some of them had to be wheeled out on gurneys. they had been holding out hope for 17 days now that somehow the
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plane would reappear. the prime minister said the latest satellite at a tidata re more about the flight path and investigators now say the last position was in a remote area, far from any possible landing sites. >> it is, therefore, with deep sadness and regret that i must inform you that according to this new data, flight mh-370 ended in the southern indian ocean. >> reporter: an australian ship is now searching for that wreckage. u.s. navy super underwater equipment that tracks pings from a plaque box is now in australia to help with the search. experts say that the plane's black box can ping for some 40 days. as that search continues, so does the anguish and the anger. relatives of 154 chinese
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passengers have issued a group statement condemning malaysian officials. they claim the airline, the government and the military have continuously delayed, hid or lied to them. coming up tonight at 6:00, it's never been used before, but nbc bay area's investigative reporter steven stock takes a look at technology that may have helped investigators at last pinpoint flight 370's path. that's coming up. we're also following a developing story in washington state. this is just north of seattle. these pictures show the trail of destruction after a powerful mudslide that destroyed part of a town. dozens of people are missing. rescuers working around the clock, searching desperately for survivors. jennifer borkland joins us from oso, washington. jennifer, we don't see this too often. what exactly happened here? >> reporter: it looks like the mountain just gave way, whether it be saturated from the rainfall or from the river below it. geologists are going to have to look into that.
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for now, the search and rescue effort is sill on and we have bad news at this hour. the death toll which has been at eight, confirmed deaths all day has just risen to 14. all this on a day when rescue crews have had to back off because the ground is still moving. the saturday slide crushed at least 30 homes, pushing some across a highway, burying others along with cars which happened along the road. the reported number of missing or unaccounted for people is staggering. 108. >> this doesn't mean that there are 108 injuries or 108 facilities, it's 108 reports. >> reporter: how deep and how wide does this disaster go? crews working to find survivors in the debris and quicksand-like mud are at a loss to describe it's magnitude. >> it's about a mile long, probably 1,000 feet wide, probably an estimate of 15 million cubic yards of material, it's massive. >> we're hearing cries, possibly a child. >> reporter: voices called to
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rescue crews for the first 12 hours, then it was quiet. crews aren't giving up. >> we're still in a rescue mode. however, i want to let everyone know that the situation is very grim. >> we have to keep faith and our prayers and thoughts with these individual families who have been affected. >> reporter: inside the rescue effort, a woman's dog is pulled from a wrecked home, small comfort the dog is alive and recovering. the woman who lives in the home, still missing. so is bill welsh whose family continues to search and have hope. >> i want to know where my husband is. you know, i just need to know. >> reporter: a need to know for so many, as the search for answers and survivors continues. with more than 100 people still unaccounted for and on that missing persons list, they're hoping some of those were duplicate missing persons reports or people who have just failed to check in after
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initially being reported missing. they're still holding out hope. i'm jennifer borkland live in oso, washington, nbc bay area news. >> again, that's just about an hour north of seattle. tonight on "nightly news" miguel almaguer gives us a new perspective on this massive mudslide. a bird's-eye view of the mudslide. our weather is about to dramatically change. you can see the sun is out and it is nice and toasty. enjoy it the rest of the day because a storm is headed our way. we bring in chief meteorologist jeff ranieri who's been tracking this latest round. i know you've been telling us for a week about the potential of this rain. but now that it's here, it's really here. >> great news for us. one of the worst droughts in decades across the bay area. no sign of any storm system at least within the next 250 miles out on that scan, but again, two different storm systems we're tracking right now. it will likely have rainfall totals anywhere from
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three-quarters of an inch to potentially 2 inches as we head throughout this week. that storm system is approaching, the first one, so i don't want to hold back on the timeline. tuesday and wednesday will be the first round of this wet weather. then a second round by thursday and friday with more areas of rain returning. and for this weekend, we'll likely have the possibility here of some flood concerns up into the north bay. we'll have more details on sierra snow that could add up to one to two feet, you guys. >> all right, jeff, thank you. in san jose he was sworn to protect and to serve. now he's answering a rape charge. a police officer accused of raping a hotel maid was in court for the very first time. marianne favro joins us. >> reporter: he stood quietly next to his attorney in court today and did not enter a plea.
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he waived his right to a speedy trial. he's accused of raping a woman in a hotel after initially responding to a domestic disturbance call between the woman and her husband. her dna was later discovered on the officer's bulletproof vest. >> based on the evidence we have, we believe we can prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt. >> reporter: today a judge ordered graves to turn in any personal weapons. he was also ordered to stay more than 300 yards away from the victim and not contact her by phone or e-mail. in 2011 graves had a protective order issued against him after a custody battle with his ex-wife. prosecutors say there would have to be a relevant evidentiary reason for bringing that past case up during this current rape trial. he remains on paid administrative leave. he is also out on $100,000 bail. but if he is convicted of this rape charge, he could face eight years behind bars. reporting live in san jose,
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mar marianne favro, nbc bay area news. police are looking for a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in san francisco. this happened just before 9:00 in the city's tenderloin district. several men got into an argument when one of them went to a nearby car, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots. several people were hit, only one seriously hurt. the suspect left the scene in a sill rer sedan. just in the navy will test all homes on treasure island for radiation. nbc bay area has learned tonight this is in response to worries over the safety of the former military base. our investigative unit revealed last year contractors found radioactive items buried near homes. the navy said today it still believes there is no known health hazard at that location. still ahead here at 5:00, a delicate balancing act. demolishing the old span of the bay bridge. how crews will cut the old span
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in half. also -- >> reporter: i'm damian trujillo live in san jose. coming up, the employees who are used to use social media at work and how that might affect you at home. if the cardinal needed more cow bell, they sure got it. i'm scott budman. coming up, we go one on one with the band member who became an overnight internet sensation. then at 6:00, a violin player in trouble with the law. controversy heating up on social media and his side of the story. that's new at 6:00.
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new at 5:00, a fist of its kind for first responders. social media training. twitter, facebook, instagram, whatever it takes to save lives. nbc bay area's damian trujillo joins us from downtown san jose this evening with an inside
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look. damian. >> reporter: well, we're talking about first responders like public health officials, firefighters and police officers. all were on hand today to learn how to better use social media in fighting crime and in responding to disasters. >> a lot of fun things that we can utilize social media for and a lot of serious things to use it for. >> reporter: they're learning more about the importance of hash tags and twitter handles. kevin says these first responders in santa clara county need to habitually use social media at work. >> it is fast emerging as the primary platform that people communicate in a disaster. >> reporter: they're doing it at the mudslide in washington state and the santa clara county sheriff's office used social media over the weekend to get the word out about a manhunt in the remote part of the county. >> the information they need, hey, shelter in place. we're looking for an outstanding suspect. that's important because in a rural area like that it's hard to go door to door. >> reporter: the sergeant says using social media is not in his
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duty manual, but the department started utilizing the online tool about a year ago, to get the word out fast about important events. >> everybody has a smartphone, everybody has some social media account that we can number one push information out during critical incidents, during disasters. >> reporter: the trainer says these first responders should also use social media when this there a disaster or catastrophe. they should use it to create dialogue and better relationships with their own communities. we're live in san jose, i'm damian trujillo #nbcbayareanews. a follow-up on that peninsula gas line known as line 147. pga is accelerating plans to upgrade it. crews will start the work later this year rather than waiting two years to do the upgrades as previously planned. the work will also determine the safest operating pressure for that 83-year-old line. it's been a source of disagreement between the utility and the city of san carlos ever since pg&e documents revealed
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the line could lead to another, quote, san bruno situation. pg&e will hold an informational meeting next month for residents living near that work site. here comes the demolition. the old span of the bay bridge will soon embark on a rare feat of reverse engineering. crews are preparing to slice the cantilever section in half. they're using jacks to apply pressure to the two halves to keep them from collapsing. they'll then dismantle the two halves simultaneously. in a few weeks we should be able to see the gap in the bridge getting wider. engineers say they're working in reverse order of how the bridge was actually constructed 77 years ago. >> we're taking it down like 95% in the reverse order that it was built. it makes sense because it was a complex structure to build in the first place. >> amazing what they're doing. caltrans is covering some of the bridge pillars with netting to prevent birds from nesting. the old span is expected to be removed by the summer of 2016 at
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a cost of about $300 million. switching gears now, how sweet it is, as in sweet 16. the stanford basketball team surprised a lot of people by advancing in the ncaa tournament. >> so who's the star of the team? would you believe the guy with the cow bell. he's part of the stanford band. one of the stars. scott budman is here with more on this breakout performer. >> reporter: yes. his name is alex chang. he doesn't play panel but he's a big part of every game. alex traveled with the stanford band from game to game. he plays in the band. as of last night, alex is an online sensation. >> the momentum continues -- >> reporter: it took about ten seconds during sunday's stanford/kansas basketball game for fame to strike. alex chang, a senior mechanical engineering major and part of the stanford band going nuts on
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the cow bell for the whole country to see. >> that's what we try to do. we try to have fun as the stanford band and we try to enjoy playing our music and entertain anyone that's watching. >> reporter: this video, and we could watch it all day, went viral across the country, reminding a lot of people of this "saturday night live" skit. >> i could have used a little more cow bell. >> reporter: which chang has both seen and lived. >> i do, i do. i'll a pretty big will ferrell fan and i do get that reference. it has come up numerous times in the past 24 hours. >> reporter: a day of internet fame, but now alex is going pack to work to play. alex is actually a native of los altos not far from here, although right now he is in ames, iowa, where the band is
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playing in support of the stanford women's team as they try to get to the sweet 16 as well. we are live outside maples pavilion at stanford action i'm scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> between him and the tree, they're a raucous pair, aren't they? >> we've got the most characters in the bay area. we lead the country. let's bring in jeff ranieri, our chief meteorologist. welcome to monday. >> thank you so much for that appropriate welcome. get a live look at the radar and you can see we are tracking our storm system offshore as we head throughout the next 24 hours. we've been talking about this now for seven to eight days. as that slowly gets here again, dramatic changes. not only rainfall for the bay area but also snow for the sierra. right now a winter storm warning in place for tuesday through thursday at 1500 feet. it's almost hard to believe if you spent any time outside. take a look, it is mild temperatures in the 70s, mainly sunny skies from the south bay right on up to the north bay.
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you can see here in the east bay no sign of any storm moving in, at least right now. clear skies, calm winds coming out of the north and the east. those winds, again, are going to be shifting as that storm continues to get closer. let's get right into it here with both of these storm systems that we're tracking. you can clearly see that area of low pressure spinning out there. that first storm gets here. round one as we get through tuesday and wednesday. also the possibility of some thunderstorms and certainly some slick roads. then we'll see a second round throughout thursday and friday with some of the heaviest rainfall in the north bay. totals a quarter to a half inch. all in all a chance of rain each and every day throughout the bay area. we're going to get the timing on the first storm system. you want to take it step by step because there's a lot going on this week. you can see by 11:00 p.m. tonight we are looking at dry conditions. then as we head throughout tomorrow morning the rain starts to get close to santa rosa. but we think for the north bay we'll likely see that rain
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develop throughout 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning. then eventually shifting to the south as we head throughout 1:00 p.m. on tuesday. then by the evening hours as we head throughout your tuesday evening forecast, a little break. but wednesday there's enough instability in the atmosphere that we could have more thunderstorms firing off and that's why we're looking at some green coming back as we head throughout wednesday's forecast. so rain returning throughout tuesday and that first system at least throughout the first part of wednesday. overall totals with this first storm system not very impressive. looks like the highest up in the north bay with about a quarter of an inch, anywhere from 0.5 to 0.1 expected for parts of the south bay. as we head throughout your tuesday, again it will be much colder. temperatures from the upper 70s down into the 60s for a lot of the bay. you can see here across the south bay, we do have the sun icon in here. you're going to be the last to get that storm, so again, showers developing by the afternoon for you but for the peninsula a chance for rain with
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62 early on. san francisco with some low 60s. we'll take you to the north bay, the east bay and the tri-valley, napa 64, santa rosa 65, livermore at 70. not only the rain but the colder temperatures. check it out, the snow, 1 to 2 inches up across the higher elevations to begin. then we're talking about 1 to 2 feet when all is said and done here throughout thursday and also friday's forecast. not only that but let's take a look at the next rain estimate and what you're going to see here across the bay area it's going to be a huge disparity between the north bay rain totals of nearly an inch to the south bay which could have about a half of an inch. there you have it. we'll continue to update it throughout the next couple of days. take a look, whale watching but you don't have to get on a boat to see. a lot of local sightings. also a woman fell asleep and woke up trapped in a caltrain car. what she had to do to get free.
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well, it's a frightening scenario being stuck on a train alone with the doors locked, lights off and your cell phone dead. it happened over the weekend to a caltrain passenger after she fell asleep during the ride. when she woke up, the train was back in the yard in san jose, completely shut down. crews eventually did free the woman after she used a train radio to call for help. it never should have happened. the conductor headed home before making sure no one was on board. caltrain says the conductor has been disciplined. we would like to make a correction on a story we reported yesterday. talking about the increase of crude oil being transported here to the bay area, we stated that oil tarnkers arrive at the chevron oil refinery by rail.
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however, they do not receive oil by rail, its crude arrives by sea. we apologize for the mistake. how do you feel about the tag on sugary drinks in san jose. if approved by voters in november, the measure would add two cents per ounce on all sugary drinks. that's about 25 cents a can. it will raise grocery and restaurant prices. the bill's supporters say it will raise as much as $31 million a year for local health programs. the meeting begins tonight at 6:00 at st. mary's medical center near golden gate park. it is whale watching season in california, but who needs a charter boat when the whales come to you. >> that's an old one, look at that. oh, yeah. >> thanks for making our day. >> thank you. thank you. >> visitors to the wharf on saturday were thrilled that this gray whale just came in, swimming by. this time of the year the whales are making their annual migration north from the gulf of
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mexico to alaska. but getting to see one up close like that, that's a real treat. >> such a small creature. the "wheel of fortune" whiz. today the bay area nursing student was on ellen and the competition was fierce, next. if you're so tough, crack this thick slice of
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medium cheddar with your bare hand. i didn't say tough, i said hungry. if you're so hungry, eat this thick slice of medium cheddar with your bare mouth. tillamook cheese slices, tastes better because it's made better.
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we're going to be back with you in about 30 minutes. here's what we're working on for our 6:00 p.m. newscast. it's the hottest and perhaps the highest profile congressional race in the country. ro khanna is trying to defeat
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mike honda. it's a silicon valley battle. we've got an exclusive look at khanna's new ad before it airs. plus how the honda group is responding. the "wheel of fortune" champ is back and he's showing off his word skills against actor jason bateman on the "ellen" show today. >> garbage can lid. >> she got a little help, didn't she? ellen degeneres invited the daly city man after this amazing win went viral when you solved the puzzle on "wheel of fortune's" bonus round. new baby buggy. the san francisco nursing student won a total of $64,000 during the game. ellen surprised him today by giving him a baby buggy, of course, and a brand new 50-inch tv. he can put all his cash in that baby buggy. >> he was having a good time. >> there was a baby inside and he was like, what?
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>> thanks for joining us here at 5:00. brian williams is next. >> we'll see you at 6:00. on our broadcast tonight, lost at sea, devastating news for the families of flight 370. a heart-wrenching announcement about what happened to their loved ones. without warning, now more than 100 on the list of those unaccounted for in washington state where there is real concern about a risi death toll after that massive mudslide. oil disaster. the race to contain the damage and save the wildlife as an environmental emergency plays out tonight in texas. and cinderella. there has already been more than one this year. it turns out there is a reason they call it march madness. "nightly news" begins now. good evening.

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